Tony Award Winning War Horse Will Stray from Broadway

Broadway’s wild animal is being put down. The news isn’t new to use or many in the New York theatre community, the confirmation ofanother show closing on Broadway has made its way to the surface finally it seems. Producers of the Tony Award winning play War Horse have officially announced the production will stray from Broadway in January 2013.

War Horse is a play based off the book of the same title by Michael Morpurgo. The stage version was adapted from the book by Nick Stafford and made its stage debut back in 2007 in South Bank, London. Joey, the horse of Albert Narracott, is bought and sent to France during World War 1 and endures death, disease and fate as he finds himself in no mans lands alone after serving for both sides during the battle. Albert refuses to give up hope or forget about Joey and goes on an epic adventure to bring him home where he belongs

Producers announced that War Horse will officially close January 6th, 2013 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center where it is currently playing. By the time the production closes, the show will have played a total of 718 performances and 33 previews. The show began in the March 15th, 2011 and has been running at Lincoln Center ever since. The production transferred from London’s West End, where it currently continues to play a celebrated run. Upon opening on Broadway, the entire British creative team transferred with the original production. The show received much praise upon opening on Broadway and went on to win 5 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Play.

André Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater released the following statement with producers upon announcing the production’s closing;

“It has been our great honor and pleasure to help bring War Horse to Broadway. War Horse is that rare play that brings joy to everyone it touches- from the most avid theatergoers to children, seeing their first Broadway show. There are few theatrical experiences that can be categorized as truly magical and everyone at LCT is thrilled to have been a part of this one.”

We mentioned earlier in the post that this news may not be new to some of us but just in case you don’t exactly know what we are talking about, allow us to explain.

Back in April of 2012, Luner on Theatre announced upcoming plans for for Lincoln Center to close War Horse at some upcoming point in the future to make way for a future production taking place there. Just what exactly is that production? Lincoln Center is currently working on launching a production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King And I. Rumors of this all surfaced last spring and Luner on Theatre covered this topic from the top. Has another LUNOR RUMOR come true it seems? Check out our official article for all the details on this upcoming production and more taking place.

Luner on Theatre Original War Horse Closing Article – April 2012

We did know that for a while National Theatre executives lead by Nick Starr were searching Broadway for a new barn to put their horse in but ran into several issues. Between long running productions that are comfortable in their homes and War Horse‘s need for a Broadway house with large wing space due to the productions larger then life puppets, it seems as though the war with this horse is coming to an end. A potential home for the production was The Imperial Theatre, currently home to the new Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, but it seems as though that did not work out. This is also a little ironic due to the fact that it is also rumored Kelli O’Hara, who also currently stars in Nice Work If You Can Get It, is potentially taking part in the upcoming King and I production

If you get the chance, make your way to New York to check out Joey and the larger then life puppets in War Horse currently playing on Broadway till January 2013. However if not, do not fear – a national tour of the production has launched and is currently touring the nation. Be sure to watch out for that. For more information, check out War Horse’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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